second childhood


Definition of second childhood

: dotage

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an old man going through his second childhood whenever she makes a mistake, Grandmother just reminds everyone she's in her second childhood and children shouldn't be held accountable
Recent Examples on the Web After decades of relative maturity, the oil market might be about to enter a second childhood. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Peak Oil Is Already Shifting Markets," 23 Sep. 2020 For me, those first travels were like a second childhood. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Months on the Persian Royal Road Felt Like a Second Childhood," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of second childhood

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second childhood was in 1641

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“Second childhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of second childhood

: a time when an old person whose mind is failing begins to behave like a child again

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sec·​ond childhood | \ ˌsek-ᵊnd- How to pronounce second childhood (audio) \

Medical Definition of second childhood

: dotage

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